Response from Alan Johnson to letter sent
Link to download pdf here
from Alan Johnson to say that he has asked the QCA to conduct a review and
is awaiting their advice on whether or not to change grade boundaries.
sent to Alan Johnson from ASCL, signed by John Dunford (ASCL), Duncan
Byrne (ISMLA), David Mansfield (SSAT) and David Wilson (ALL)
urging Alan Johnson to respond immediately to the Dearing recommendation
regarding severe grading
presentation used by Dr Robert Coe at the ASCL conference - link to site
presentation online relating to ASCL conference, March 2007
Barrier - The Guardian
Report of drop in take-up at KS4, includes comments on
comparison of grades achieved by pupils in different subjects
A Level Regression statistics + graph
excel spreadsheet here
slide showing graph plotting
between the subject grade and the average of other subjects
taken by the same pupils"
average score in other subjects.".
graph forms a clear pattern from top-left to bottom-right with French and
German at the extreme bottom-right (along with Maths and Sciences) -
it is perhaps no surprise that on average, those who do French get the
highest average A level scores ..
Relative Performance Index for A level 2004 - raw data before turned into
excel spreadsheet of data here.
'easier than others' - web page
into word document.
News article from ASCL conference reporting on Dr Coe's presentation to
the conference. Extracts:
Pupils who opt for "easier" subjects
such as sport or drama rather than sciences or languages could achieve
higher GCSE grades, research suggests.
A Durham University study concludes some subjects
are easier than others - because of the way exams are graded.
Fri March 31.03.06
and PE are soft options' - TES
(link to be added)
Study from Durham CEM
challenges exam chiefs' claims that every subject is equally
difficult. 'They concluded that, students, whatever their ability,
would be more likely to achieve good grades in subjects such as drama and
P, than in science and languages'